Sigh. The Harvey Awards.
Well there was no Nascar Heroes nominated multiple times, but when an issue of ZORRO is nominated for best story and Jaime Hernandez’s “The Love Bunglers” isn’t…well, you lose some faith in your fellow humans.
Of course, after reading a selection of proud and happy tweets from nominees, it’s hard to play grinch and say, “Oh man, that was out of line.” My direct lines were filled with alarm over the number of nominations for Abrams—22 in all. Again, it’s hard to play scolding Scalia here, as most of the books nominated were very good. And as we’ve noted in the past, if Abrams distributes ballots to employees and they vote in a like-minded club…well, what is to stop anyone from doing the same thing.
Jason Shiga alone had four nominations for EMPIRE STATE: A LOVE STORY. Jason Shiga is definitely on the short list of great cartoonists (Bookhunter!!! Meanwhile!!!), but a nomination as inker doesn’t strike us as much of a encomium for his work, like a similar nomination for Jeff Kinney a few years back. Both Kinney and Shiga draw stick figures—inking isn’t really much of a craft for them.
At the same time, anyone who complains about the Harvey nominations without having VOTED FOR THEM needs to take a time out. Or else we can, just as we usually do, throw up our hands and mutter.
So what to do? Well let’s just be happy for the deserved nominations, like Paolo Rivera and Marcos Martin for their Daredevil covers, or Kinney, Kate Beaton and Evan Dorkin in the humor category, nominations for Big Questions, The Death Ray, Oji Suzuki, Shigeru Mizuki, Sara Pichelli, Kevin Huizenga, Craig Thompson, Laura Lee Gulledge and really, lots more. There are a lot of very good comics coming out, and if the Harvey list doesn’t really seem to reflect ALL of the best in 2012 comics, it does recognize lots of very good comics.
You know what we really need? That roundup of “best of” lists by Sandy Bilus. Let’s all nag him.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.